It’s strictly members only as . . . Date set for war vets indaba

Ministers (from left) Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube, Dr Sydney Sekeramayi, Kembo Mohadi and Dr Ignatius Chombo deliberate during a meeting with war veterans in Harare yesterday. — (Picture by John Manzongo)

Ministers (from left) Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube, Dr Sydney Sekeramayi, Kembo Mohadi and Dr Ignatius Chombo deliberate during a meeting with war veterans in Harare yesterday. — (Picture by John Manzongo)

Lloyd Gumbo Senior Reporter
President Mugabe will, together with other Zanu-PF leaders who participated in the liberation struggle, attend a crunch meeting, exclusively meant for war veterans in Harare in a fortnight’s time.

The meeting to be held on April 7, that President Mugabe recently said would be a frank engagement, would touch on a number of issues particularly those to do with the welfare of the country’s liberators.

This came up during a meeting of war veterans together with service chiefs in Harare yesterday, ahead of their meeting with President Mugabe, who is also patron of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association.

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The high table comprised Zanu-PF Secretary for War Veterans, Detainees, Restrictees and their Welfare and Defence Minister Dr Sydney Sekeramayi (who chaired the meeting), State Security Minister Kembo Mohadi, Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Ex-Political Detainees and Restrictees Minister Tshinga Dube and Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo.

Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander Dr Constantine Chiwenga, Air Force of Zimbabwe Commander Air Marshal Perrance Shiri, Zimbabwe National Army Commander Lieutenant-General Philip Valerio Sibanda and Commissioner-General of Police Dr Augustine Chihuri also attended the meeting.

Also present were Central Intelligence Organisation Deputy Director-General Aaron Daniel Tonde Nhepera as well as Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Deputy Commissioner-General Fadzai Mupfure who represented their bosses, Retired Major-Generals Happyton Bonyongwe and Paradzai Zimondi,respectively.

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association national chairperson Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa and his entire executive including Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister Cde Mandiitawepi Chimene in her capacity as ZNLWVA secretary for information also attended the meeting.

In a statement after the meeting, Permanent Secretary for Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Ex-Political Detainees and Restrictees Brigadier-General (Retired) Asher Walter Tapfumaneyi said only liberation war veterans would attend the meeting.

“In terms of criteria for participation, the meeting heard that His Excellency will come to the meeting with his fellow leaders of the party who were in the liberation struggle,” said Brig-Gen (Rtd) Tapfumaneyi. “Invitations will be exclusive only to liberation war veterans, with His Excellency remaining ready to hold separate meetings subsequently with war collaborators and ex-detainees.

“All issues of concern will be discussed along the themes to be demarcated. The themes to be discussed will include, foremost, war veterans statutory welfare benefits such as monthly pensions, school fees, medical support, funeral cover, business loans and other measures aimed at improving their livelihoods.”

Brig-Gen (Rtd) Tapfumaneyi said also discussed at the meeting were the criteria or eligibility for participation in the meeting with the President, the venue of the meeting, sub-categories and selection framework and expected total number of participants and content or themes of the discussion with the President.

“The meeting set up an Inter-Ministerial Committee of senior officials from the four ministries represented in the present meeting and all stakeholders, which is charged with the detailed preparations relating to structure, content, conduct and expected outcomes of the President’s meeting. The Permanent Secretary War Veterans will lead this committee,” he said.

The meeting with President Mugabe was expected to unite the war veterans who have of late been at each other’s throats.

Addressing the meeting earlier on, Cde Sekeramayi said there were detractors who were bent on destroying the party and the country but said they would be defeated.

The war veterans first held a minute of silence in honour of their coleagues who died during the liberation struggle.

“We have found it necessary to have this preliminary meeting so that there is adequate consultation before the meeting with His Excellency, the President,” said Cde Sekeramayi.

“We felt that every stakeholder should be involved and prepare together, advise each other so that the meeting with the President is a meeting that will be characterised by frankness and honesty. It will be a successful meeting and a meeting that cements the foundation of our nation. The foundation of our nation in the sense of the party and in the sense of the role played by war veterans in the liberation struggle. It should be a meeting between the war veterans and the President that charts the way forward as we build our country into a prosperous Zimbabwe.”

Cde Sekeramayi added: “There are various detractors and those detractors are working day and night, but just as we defeated them during the course of the liberation struggle, we will defeat them and we will have a united Zimbabwe. A Zimbabwe that has got a dynamic economy. A Zimbabwe that we are all proud of. A Zimbabwe that those of our comrades whom we left in mass graves in Zambia, in Mozambique, in Botswana and to some extent in Tanzania they will say ‘yes we didn’t die for nothing. Those who survived the war are continuing the commitment that we had right from the beginning.”

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  • Percy Ghost

    Saka Chombo is not invited?

  • Judas Iscariot

    I hope amai and Tyson got the message, that it’s strictly for members only,and not those who call themselves war veterans in their special way. No bogus veterans through association.

    • Chief Legal Adviser

      But they have never claimed they are war vets. They are leaders in ZANU PF. Some of the leaders were young during our armed struggle. We also know that some leaders were in prisons/ detentions/ restrictions and some were party of the masses that supported our struggle,like war collaborators. We also have some who participated in the armed struggle but fellout out of gwara! But we are all Zimbabweans who must unite in the national interest.

      • Judas Iscariot

        Tyson claimed he was a war veteran when he was having a feud with Mutsvangwa. You might be the only one who doesn’t know that

        • Chief Legal Adviser

          I don`t remember him claiming he was a war vet. He was reported saying he was involved in the security organisation after the war. I have concern to audit that. No need to twist that.I don`t know him and his background personally except what I read in the media. But we all know his age during the war , which is not a crime or disqualification to office holding in ZANU PF. We would be concerned about the nature of his feud with Mutsvangwa, not whether he is a war vet or not.

          • Bro Themba

            Unfortunately its true ,He did claimto have worked under cover by the Moza border.
            He was born in the 70′s!

          • Grace Jones

            Tyson is finished.

        • Chief Legal Adviser

          Just to correct “ I have no concern to audit any claim.“

    • Tengenenge

      But Minister Chombo was in the meeting…he was not even near Rhodesia when his age-mates where fighting

  • Patriotic Zimbabwean

    What is the impediment to the Zimbabwe we want? What stops Zimbabwe from prospering?

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      One of the current problems is the illegal sanctions imposed by the satanic West after our legitimate land reform.

      • Japana Hapana

        How do you expect your enemies to make you prosper? You can’t cry that you are failing because if your detractors because that’s exactly what they are – enemies. It’s like America mourning its economy is going down because zim is not selling their diamonds to them. It’s amazing how failures blame others always

        • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

          We have to oppose the illegal via the international fora. Why should we keep quiet over it when it affects our economy negatively. I mentioned it as one of our constraints in response to the posting.You as MDC stooge of the West who supports sanctions see no wrong in the sanctions.

      • Zunzanyika

        Legal or not, you need to move with current situations, your look east policy has failed dismally. So you need to accept defeat and find a solution to the problem. What is the point of owning a farm and accept food handouts from the enemy.

        Why is the east not prominent in the draught relief project. Instead it is American and the European Union who are coming to our aid.
        It’s about time you guys stop this nonsense and do something constructive for a change.
        Find the 15b. Reinvested it in the economy, pay for our own food relief and for christ ‘so sake ask the old man to resign or force him. Wake up.

        • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

          We don`t listen to stooges of the West who enjoy seeing people suffer becoz of sanctions. ZANU PF will continue to run government in this country until we defeat you and your Western devils. Pasi ne sanctions . pasi ne MDC dog singata!

      • Progressive Zimbabwean

        Is this the Zimbabwe we want? Are sanctions the only problem? Alternatively, to what extent are sanctions a source of our socio-economic problems. Back up your response with statistics and economic data.

        • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

          It is my view that sanctions are the major problem. Your stooge MDC position of supporting sanctions hoping to get votes will remain in vain .

          • Bro Themba

            15 bln gone missing mate,you still barking on the sanctions tree…what happened to the money?

  • @tura81

    Zvamurimi mugopeta muswe asi muchizviti magamba, mapiwa mukana wekubvunza mutungamiri wenyu kuti mudzimai wake anokutukirai chii pama rally ake.

  • Japana Hapana

    Sekeremayi looks intelligent when he is quiet, but whenever he opens his mouth, he turns himself into a fool

    • Cde Mgagao

      Cde Sekeramayi is Sec for War vets and therefore Senior to war vets in the. party. Its you who is a fool .

      • Bro Themba

        Senior to war vets in the party but what about those non Zanupf War vets?

    • gerro

      Really…Geya? Ko imizvomorotomoka pano tinombotii.

  • MweniTafara

    VanaMukoma ngavaremekedzwe nebasa guru ravakaita kusiya chikoro vachindorwira nyika yeZimbabwe mukoma rega kudaro.

    • gerro

      I concur…totally agreed..I will repeat what I have said before ..It was not an easy feat to venture into unknown territory..kuma zivabdadzoka when infact they had an option to just carry on ne starus quo yema bhunu tichingo batwa senhapwa

  • Cde Samanyanga Dotito.

    The thrust of the exercise is to unite war vets who are still ZANU PF , not including you the expelled. It should be clear to you. You sound Gamatox!

    • Toverengwa

      You sound G*40!
      A War Vet remains a War Vet no matter their political evolution or affiliation. Minister Dube is supposed to represent interests of all War Vet citizens nationwide regardless, and the ZNLWVA welcomes all genuine War Vets.

      • Bro Themba


  • Ngomalungundu

    Pasi nemhanduuuuuuuuuu!

  • Pondayimoyo

    Mujuru , mbudzi, Rugare gumbo , mutasa they have to attend such meetings because they liberated our country. This includes people like Dabengwa, Msipa , a representative of Lookout Masuku, tongogara , Mujuru the late etc. Without these people the meeting will be a dumb squid because Zimbabwe yakauya nevanhu vakatifira ava.

  • Ngwekazi

    Please may it be known that according to Eccl. 9 vs 5: for the living know that they will die but the dead know not anything. Vakafa hapana chavanoziva kana kunzva. So lets not hide behind the dead tichiita corruption.


    even in America you have veterans of war,even UK,Spain you name it.The only difference with our war veterans is that if you belong to another party then you are not good enough a veteran.such a poisonous mentality must be wiped out of our systems else Zimbabwe shall forever be divided.

  • bodo_kwete

    kwesheni hombe? Joyce and Dabengwa are more senior than all these **.

    • theheraldonline

      kwesheni hombe, ko zvinyadzi ndezveiko shamwari bodo_kwete kana uchinyora pano?

  • bodo_kwete

    They don’t want us there

  • Mbuya Emily

    The country is bewheld at ransom by these people who will never bring prosperity to this country.
    Honestly nyika yoita war mood kudaro???

    • Grace Jones

      shut up where is the war mood. G 40 people you thought you were somebodies kkk

  • Percy Ghost

    Chill out little boy! Chombo was at this meeting but is not welcome at the planned event by virtue of not being a war vet

  • Bro Themba

    Can someone please advise, is this meeting with president for Zanu pF card carrying members who are war vets? what about someone like Dumiso Dabengwa,he is not a Zanu Pf member but a war vet.Can he attend?

    • Grace Jones

      The meeting is about war vets and for their benefits. why is Dabengwa not thinking he qualifies. and mind you Dabengwa can verify with his fellow comrades nobody ivo vepamusoro. Its not a crime to verify. it would be a tragedy if dabengwa and some war vets stayed away when the qualify. I see two things here. the war vets meeting about welfare then the war vets meeting about the happenings in Zanupf for those war vets who belong to zanupf. Bro Themba please verify and inform your coleagues do not be left out

  • Bro Themba

    who represent the interest on non Zanu Pf war vets?

  • Bro Themba

    Tyson,infact he was emphasising the fact a lot of Zimbabweans contributed in different ways.

  • Bro Themba

    Siyavuma baba ,jaha emajaheni.

  • Grace Jones

    yOu talk as if varambidzwa. they will be invited the same way everybody is invited. It is up to them to attend. nobody holds a grudge on them from the war veterans point of view

  • Grace Jones

    hey stop commiserating with each other catching hands and all and act. ask. and express your intentions Sekeramai is not in heaven he can be asked. it will not kill you

  • tinashe kavhendekete

    East…. are yu mad Hunt … the east is looking west …wake up and smell the coffee ….we struggling here because … we allow it … we don’t don’t run our economy well … Juss 11 million people… small town in china… Beijing holds about 70 million ppl and they all have running water and energy… stop the lotting and yu Wil stop the begging…. the world is tired of us … they can’t give us more… even our so called all weather friends